The Gibb Collective: “Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights” – perfectly cut gems!

October marks the 45th anniversary of the Bee Gees song “Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights,” and fans of the musical super group of the 1970s, have reason to be excited. The Gibb Collective is a musical tribute, and a family legacy.  On the input of Maurice’s daughter, Samantha, the children of Andy, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb have found a way to honor their fathers by infusing new lymph  into the more than memorable Bee Gee classics of the 60’s and 70’s. And what better title for the 10-track album, than “Please Don’t Turn Out The Lights”. Though I

John-Marc Lucid: “Judas” ft. Fyah Sthar – breathes down-to-earth authenticity

Music is a very powerful and mystical force. It speaks to people on a much deeper level than conversation. It really reaches the soul. With his new track “Judas” ft. Fyah Sthar, John-Marc Lucid hits us with music that indeed does reach our souls, an intriguing melody, piercing lyrics and outstanding musicianship included. The new release by the Texas based Dancehall and Reggae artist is a joint venture with Fyah Sthar, and together they breathe down-to-earth authenticity, making for an airy, buoyant listening experience. Lucid is a creative mind that doesn’t bother about drawers or labels – his music explores

Innocent Bystanders: “Attractive Nuisance” – a roller coaster of emotion and excitement

Based in Kensington and Mission Hills, Innocent Bystanders was founded by musicians who played regularly in various bands in high school and college, who got together to form a band to play fundraising events for a local law school. They perform a wide-range of rock and soul, focused on the music of the 1960s and 1970s. The band is made up of Steve Berenson (Drums), Steve Semeraro (Electric Guitar, Vocals), Kaimi Wenger (Keyboards, Vocals), Jessica LaFave (Saxophone), Ben Nieberg (Acoustic Guitar, Vocals) Kath Rogers (Vocals) and Donny Samporna (Bass guitar). Their “Attractive Nuisance” EP of original music was recorded at

Roger Cole & Paul Barrere: “Let It Go” combines musical inspiration and travelling emotions

Meaningful lyrics, amazing songwriting, superb heart-warming yet angry sound, musical teamwork, everything is so perfect in this track. Such a gorgeous and refined melody and philosophical lyrics is worth being remembered for all of the current generation. The guitarist uses swampy resonating sound so beautifully and the drummer plays simple but tight groove, with every drum fill-in is on the sweet musical spots. The bassist backs up the music stably as the boys sing the vocals with conviction. This is one of my current desert Island #1’s in the Roger Cole & Paul Barrere catalog. Yes, the track “Let It

Markus Scott: “Live Life With No Regrets” – confidence is sky high on this project

Born in New York City, Markus Scott grew up in humble surroundings, and his family were always on the move resulting in him constantly transferring schools. He excelled at reading and writing poetry, before discovering that he could rap when he won a freestyle battle with a signed artist at a house party in Harlem. He soon learned to DJ too, and with his first check from summer youth, Markus went to a pawn shop and brought a laptop. He then brought a DAW, and microphone from Guitar Center and began researching how to mix and edit his vocals. He

Christopher Rapkin: “Focus In” – substance over style!

Composer, arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer. Christopher Rapkin is many things, including founding member of Digital Composers Guild, and a music industry consultant. During September Rapkin released his 10 track heavy guitar album, entitled “Focus In”. Listening to Rapkin on this album it also becomes clear that he could be known as a great guitar virtuoso and a perfectionist. Christopher is the guitarist who sings and he does it quite well, in my opinion even better than Steve Vai. Also he is a good composer, all of his albums are full of songs of different styles. So he’s the man

Ziggy: “Breathe” – music for a new generation of kids

Zachary Raul Reyes aka Ziggy was born in Arcadia, California, but spent a lot of time moving around since his dad was in military service, ending up in a town in Ohio called Middletown where he spent most of my elementary and high school career. Growing up, music was his life. At 13 he received his first guitar, as a gift from his mom. He took two lessons before teaching himself how to write tabs and understanding harmony. From there Reyes ventured into listening to Hip hop and metal before discovering Dubstep, which represented a complete change of direction. Suddenly

Lynne Taylor Donovan: “Sooner or Later” – a swirling pool of rich technique and tender ability

“Sooner or Later”, the new release by independent Canadian Country songstress, Lynne Taylor Donovan, is the third single from the Nashville sessions that produced her hugely successful Euro-UK #1 hit “Strong One” and the follow-up European #2 hit “Am I Dreaming”. The reigning queen of indie country music has a knack for finding a way into the hearts of her global fan base. “Sooner or Later” has a warm and deep intention, reflecting Donovan’s eloquent and versatile tidings, showcasing her country gravitas, and a swirling pool of rich technique and tender ability. A careful sensory indulgence is heard in the

Odd-Arne Jacobsen: “While I Was Crossing The Bridge” – a gift to the world

Musician, songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire, Odd-Arne Jacobsen has worked with most of the leading artists in his home country of Norway, in both theatre and music, and has also presented his craft internationally. He has had his own television show in Russia, as well as a solo concert at the Moscow International Jazz Festival, and has toured the USA, Mexico, Russia, France, China, Kuwait, Scotland, and Japan. In 1990 he undertook a solo concert of his own compositions in New York, becoming the first Norwegian guitar player ever to hold a solo concert in Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Jennifer Hope Releases “My December” for Music for Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Chester Bennington

JENNIFER HOPE LAUNCHES DOWNLOAD TO DONATE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO BENEFIT LINKIN PARK’S MUSIC FOR RELIEF CHARITY Singer-Songwriter Jennifer Hope, has released her cover version of Linkin Park’s “My December” to raise awareness, and contributions for Music for Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Chester Bennington. The track is available for download until October 27, 2017 at GoFundfMe. A one dollar donation is all that is required to receive a download code, but any additional amount is appreciated and your extended generosity can further help many in their time of need. All donations go to the charity through the

Sean Cooney: “The Last Thing I Heard before the Zombie Apocalypse”

Sean Cooney, a DC native now living in NYC, attended AMDA to study for Broadway shows and has also played in many professional Jazz bands. His trained voice seems even more at home belting out pop songs as he employs it’s crystal clear, cut through quality in wonderfully innovative ways. Sometimes notching it down a few octaves to fulfill the role of hype master Lil John, other times crooning like a pop hungry Jason Mraz.

“The Last Thing I Heard before the Zombie Apocalypse” is Cooney’s latest album release. The album is jam packed with modern retro crossover creations, that embrace the pop, rock, hiphop, dance and electronica genres. And I haven’t even begun to cover all the musical influences this album contains.

I haven’t been this excited about an indie artist or album since the 1980′s when I first heard “Blinded By Science” by a young synthesizer genius named Thomas Dolby.

Dolby mixed dance rhythms, tongue-in-cheek lyrics, eccentric videos and electronic wizardry to create songs that hit you straight between the eyes. Penetrated your brain, drained your soul and made your feet shuffle uncontrably to every note. Cooney has either captured every Dolby essence, or is absolutely blessed to be born with it.

 

To be fair Cooney is the original article. To get a slight idea stamped in your head of what Cooney sounds like, you’d have to take Dolby’s intelligent songwriting, Mika’s vocal operatics and the Black-Eyed Peas’s ability to churn out catchy chart-topping riffs and choruses on every song! If you add Sean Cooney’s eccentric visual presence, you know you’re dealing with a complete modern-day popstar. Packaged and ready to go.

The fact that Cooney is not signed to a major label gives food, for a whole lot of thought indeed. Or these guys are deaf or completely dead. The second case seems more probable if we take a look at the actual state of the music industry.

You could close your eyes, twiddle your fingers and pick any song off “The Last Thing I Heard Before the Zombie Apocalypse” and it would probably sit comfortably anywhere on the Billboard Top 100 charts.

The fact that this album was recorded and produced by Cooney himself, in his home studio, speaks volumes of his talent. The mix and sound quality is absolutely radio ready.

Over and above the superb musicianship and excellent vocal deliveries, Cooney excels where 90% of indie artists fail miserably. The musical and song arrangements.

It’s not enough to have a cool melody, beat or lyric. To achieve success with popular music, you need to amalgamate the pieces into a song that captures the interest of listeners for at least 3 minutes non-stop. Cooney goes over and above my wildest expectations.

Listen to “Deja Vu”. He uses clever synthesizer loops, multiple repeating vocal harmonies, a quick and easy two word chorus line and a thick foot stomping beat to round it all off. A touch of brilliance is added when he speeds up the final bars. Pure genius in Depeche Mode meets Howard Jones style!

I listened to this track more than 20 times in a row and still love it to death. Major labels, what the F*CK are you doing?

“Party Like A Kennedy” is a dance-floor rap anthem which testifies how easy Cooney moves from one genre to another without batting an eyelid.

On “Drag Show”, Cooney shows offs his perfectly sexy falsetto ‘alla Prince’, saucy lyrics and horny arrangements included for your personal pleasure.

The piano dominated “New Friend” is filled with time changes and layered vocal harmonies. You couldn’t possibly fit in another sound effect anywhere…unless of course you’re Cooney.

“What I Like” is Jason Mraz flawlessly emulating Cooney, or is it the other way around? I’m not sure, but damn do they both sound so good!

By the time I get to “Birthday Girl” and “Evil Lover”, I am totally in love with Cooney’s music. This is the most refreshing, interesting and convincing indie album I have had the pleasure of reviewing…ever. Of any genre.

It’s on “Evil Lover” that I finally draw my conclusion and make the ultimate comparison. That in my book, should qualify Sean Cooney as a superstar in the making.

Throughout the album, there was one voice that Cooney’s vocal timbre and delivery kept reminding me of.

One of my all-time favourite voices and probably rock’s greatest singer and showman ever.

Freddie Mercury.

Need I say more?

Buy this album.

Today!

VISIT COONEY’S HOMEPAGE

WATCH COONEY’S VIDEO “BROOKLYN”

About The Author

Reply